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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Mirror Lake – Past the Little Purple Dot

It looks as if I get to go to Ipoh very often due to household residing there. And each journey again there I attempt to discover one thing new to do on this sleepy small city which is usually considered a spot for retirees.

Fortuitously, there’s a new attraction on the town and it’s a part of the native authorities’s effort to advertise eco-tourism. There’s a fairly new Geopark which is positioned within the midst of a number of limestone mountains. The primary attraction is a small lake which has flooded a few outdated quarries. The attraction was solely open within the final 2 years so it’s nonetheless fairly uncooked and present process improvement work.

The brand new attraction is known as the Mirror Lake or Tasik Cermin in Malay.
Yow will discover Mirror Lake on Google Maps and navigating right here by automotive is fairly easy. However the final couple of hundred meters of street is thru an unpaved sand street which results in this huge carpark.
Beside the carpark you will notice this scene. Though crass commercialism doesn’t appear to slot in with a Geopark, I’m glad to see that native companies have the chance to setup right here. It might have been a Starbucks emblem up there.
Being the one coffeeshop within the space, there was an extended line of individuals ready for his or her flip to get a desk.
Strolling previous the coffeeshop and thru the steep cliffs will convey you to this very rugged wanting space. It’s a lifeless finish gorge the place you may stroll round and take pictures.
There aren’t any security limitations and regardless of the warning indicators, guests would nonetheless attempt climbing over the rocks.
I did observed that many guests left cash pressed into the edges of the cliff and wedged into the rock. I ponder what’s the importance of this?

You may suppose proper now, so the place is the lake? It really lies throughout the carpark from this gorge. So strolling again throughout the carpark, I discovered myself on the entrance to Mirror Lake.

That is the doorway to the Mirror Lake. After all there’s a ticketing counter now. I suppose somebody has to pay for public amenities just like the carpark and there’s even a newly constructed and first rate public rest room out there.
The lake is definitely on the opposite facet of the limestone mountain and previous the ticketing counter is that this outdated mining tunnel which you would need to stroll by.
Its really very serene and peaceable on the lake. The tunnel opens up on to a small wood platform the place you may take pictures from and boat rides are additionally out there. You must purchase tickets for the boat trip and ready occasions will be fairly lengthy because of the crowds.

In case you observed within the image of the doorway constructing, the phrases on the constructing says “TASIK CERMIN 1”. So there’s a second Mirror Lake, and you’ll really go it on the best way into the massive carpark.

So that is the doorway and ticketing middle for the second Mirror Lake. You possibly can stroll from the massive carpark or you possibly can drive the brief distance, however there’s very restricted parking house in entrance.
The one strategy to see the second Mirror Lake is to purchase a ship ticket and enter by the flooded tunnel.
The flooded tunnel is a few 200m lengthy, nevertheless it positively felt like a very long time going by it.
As soon as we exited the tunnel, it was like we had entered a hidden world. The silence was deafening with the occasional sound of birds chirping. The surroundings was very uncooked and had a Jurassic Park really feel to it.
The boats have been powered by silent electrical motors. A good selection as fuel powered engines would have spoiled the silence and polluted the fantastic thing about this place.

I’d say this can be a very attention-grabbing place to spend roughly 2 hours to discover and luxuriate in its pure magnificence. With wise and sustainable improvement, this may very well be an effective way to redevelop outdated quarries into an eco-themed attraction.

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